Upsets have been a big part of the 2018 NCAA baseball tournament, with only half of the national seeds advancing out of the regional round and several of those struggling to get through that first weekend.
No. 3 seed Oregon State was a noticeable exception, winning its three games in the Corvallis Regional by a combined score of 35-4, including 14-1 and 12-0 over an LSU team that eliminated the Beavers from last year’s College World Series.
On Friday, it was more of the same dominance for Oregon State in the first game of the best-of-three Super Regionals against No. 14 Minnesota as the Beavers (48-10-1) rolled to an 8-1 victory in Corvallis.
BEAVERS WIN 8-1! And we're up 1-0 in the Corvallis Super Regional! pic.twitter.com/MkF0JEJ0Km
— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) June 9, 2018
Oregon State exploded for 11 hits, including home runs by Trevor Larnach and Adley Rutschman. Each went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI while Steven Kwan added 2 hits and 2 RBI.
The Beavers took control with a 3-run first inning, then relied on the arm of senior left-hander Luke Heimlich, who allowed 7 hits and collected 9 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings to improve to 16-1.
Heimlich leaves the mound at Goss for the final time after 8 2/3. And just got a curtain call to chants of “Luke, Luke, Luke”. pic.twitter.com/Wjtv616yFO
— Steve Mims (@SteveMims_RG) June 9, 2018
Oregon State and Minnesota play at 6:30 p.m. PT Saturday, and a win would send the Beavers to the CWS in Omaha, Neb. If Minnesota wins, a deciding Game 3 will be played Sunday.